Clarence R. "Nig" Smith, of Coal City, died Friday, June 4, 2004, at his residence.
Born June 11, 1914, in Coal City, he was the son of Curtis and Della Snellenberger Smith. On Aug. 19, 1936, he married Luella Fulk, who survives.
He began his years as a coal miner at the Bonnie Brook mine southeast of Clay City in October of 1933. He was a bulldozer operator most of his career, having worked many years for the G & F Corporation out of Brazil. In 1965 he moved to the Maumee Coal Company at Coal City. He ended his career in 1978, retiring after working many years at the Latta Mine in Jasonville. He also farmed all of his life, owning a small farm south of Coal City.
During WW II he served aboard the USS Prometheus, a navy repair ship, in the South Pacific as a Motor Machinist Mate. He joined the service in the Seabees in July 1943 and was honorably discharged in 1945. Before shipping out to the Pacific, he spent time at the naval facilities in Norfolk, and saw the Phillipines and China during the war.
A life-long resident of Coal City, he graduated from Coal City High School in April of 1933. Most of his life he was a member of the Jefferson Baptist Church in Coal City, but in his later years attended at Antioch Christian Church. Health problems prevented his attendance the last three years of his life.
He found joy in work. He loved fishing as long as he was able and also hunted as long as he could walk. He played independent baseball for years in his younger life. He enjoyed watching basketball on TV. For years, he enjoyed getting together with his siters and brother and their spouses to play cards. He was a family man and enjoyed reunions and holiday get togethers.
He is survived by his wife; their son and daughter-in-law Denny and Kae Smith, of Coal City; their children, Stephanie and Brodie Smith; their daughter and son-in-law, Connie and Keith Kittle, of Coal City; their children and spouses, Michael and Nancy Kittle of Center Point and their Children, Chloe, Emmie, and Addie Kittle; Chad Kittle of Coal City; and Beth and Brian Atkinson of Brazil; a sister and brother-in-law, Virginia and John Gordon of Florida; and other relatives, as well.
Preceding him in death were his parents; his brother, Raymond Smith; and sisters Doris Sinders, Maude Wells, Catherine Sinders, and Helen Walters.
Graveside services will be Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Beech Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be today from 4-8 p.m. at Schoppenhorst Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be directed to Vista Care Hospice. Envelopes will be availalbe at the funeral home.